NOTES FROM QUEENS | NEW YORK | 2015- The borough of Queens in New York City is the most ethnically diverse urban area in the world. Communities from across the globe come together in this borough to create a singular environment. But Queens is also a metaphor, for it is a kind of way station. Many recent immigrants spend time working low-wage jobs and acclimating to life in the US before moving on to destinations throughout the country. Others who grew up in Queens see it as a stepping-stone toward more affluent locales. Queens is also made up of communities with deeper roots in the US. The underlying structure of the borough is informed by the shape and sensibility of the small towns of which it is an amalgamation and which provides a foundation onto which the more recent immigrant experience is built. When photographing in Queens I am drawn to variegated conceptions of space that form when old structures and new attitudes collide and coalesce. In particular, I am interested in how the values and aspirations of the new arrivals are inscribed onto the existing cityscape. The result is often a pastiche–a background of Americana overlaid with the artifacts of emerging communities, all of which is framed by the decaying, century old infrastructure.